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Old 07-21-16, 03:29 PM
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Rode with a 90 year old woman today.

I went to the start of a semi-organized group ride but, due to the hot weather, only the two of us showed up. We rode the 24 mile route together. I certainly had a good time and was glad that I came. I hope that she feels the same way.

Uh - "You don't quit cycling because you get old, you get old because you quit cycling."
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We rode the 24 mile route together.
She sat in and out sprinted you at the city limits sign didn't she?

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24 miles and 90 years old God bless her, and you too for keeping her company.

I have two neighbors I ride with when I see them out husband and wife both in their 90’s they don’t venture far from town any longer and avoid routes with hills of any major size but they too are still going strong.
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She sat in and out sprinted you at the city limits sign didn't she?

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Thank you for thinking that she'd have to sit in before out sprinting me.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I went to the start of a semi-organized group ride but, due to the hot weather, only the two of us showed up. We rode the 24 mile route together. I certainly had a good time and was glad that I came. I hope that she feels the same way.

Uh - "You don't quit cycling because you get old, you get old because you quit cycling."
That's awesome. I'll be quite pleased if I can do 24 miles at 90.
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This is a great story; thanks for posting.
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She's actually 91 and part of the St. Louis Recreational Cyclists. She has a 90 year old boyfriend so don't get any ideas. Check out the STLRC website for ride schedules.
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She's actually 91 and part of the St. Louis Recreational Cyclists. She has a 90 year old boyfriend so don't get any ideas. Check out the STLRC website for ride schedules.
Lol!
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My grandad passed after a driver knocked him off his ten speed at age 91... Just keep spinning! Good for her!
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I hope to be the 91 year old guy version! Only 46 years to go!
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She's actually 91 and part of the St. Louis Recreational Cyclists. She has a 90 year old boyfriend so don't get any ideas. Check out the STLRC website for ride schedules.
Here's another funny part of the story. The battery on Billy's Honda was dead so she had driven to the ride in Alan's Prius. After finishing the ride the two of us had all kinds of trouble figuring out how to open the back hatch and how to get the damn thing in gear so she that could drive home. I told her that I'm pretty good with things that have chains and sprockets. Electronics, not so much.

Heat, humidity and an unfamiliar car were still not enough to spoil the day.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Here's another funny part of the story. The battery on Billy's Honda was dead so she had driven to the ride in Alan's Prius. After finishing the ride the two of us had all kinds of trouble figuring out how to open the back hatch and how to get the damn thing in gear so she that could drive home. I told her that I'm pretty good with things that have chains and sprockets. Electronics, not so much.

Heat, humidity and an unfamiliar car were still not enough to spoil the day.


I think we both may be members of the STLRC brother. Another funny car electronic story - Riding with some group members from Columbia, IL to St. Genevieve for an overnight trip. The ladies driving our SAG car, a Subaru Outback, set the parking brake after getting on the ferry for the ride across the Mississippi River. Got to the other side, all of the riders rode off but the car never moved. A few of us went back to see what was wrong. The parking brake on the Subaru is electronic and wouldn't come off. Everyone was on their smartphones calling for advice. The ferry guys were freaking out because nothing could come or go while the car was stalled. Finally I suggested we disconnect the battery and see if it reboots. We did, the brake came off, and off they went. Electronics are fine but not for parking brakes!!!
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I think we both may be members of the STLRC brother. Another funny car electronic story - Riding with some group members from Columbia, IL to St. Genevieve for an overnight trip. The ladies driving our SAG car, a Subaru Outback, set the parking brake after getting on the ferry for the ride across the Mississippi River. Got to the other side, all of the riders rode off but the car never moved. A few of us went back to see what was wrong. The parking brake on the Subaru is electronic and wouldn't come off. Everyone was on their smartphones calling for advice. The ferry guys were freaking out because nothing could come or go while the car was stalled. Finally I suggested we disconnect the battery and see if it reboots. We did, the brake came off, and off they went. Electronics are fine but not for parking brakes!!!
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"You don't quit cycling because you get old, you get old because you quit cycling."
Now that's a great t-shirt slogan!

Wonderful story for both of you.
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She has a 90 year old boyfriend so don't get any ideas. Check out the STLRC website for ride schedules.
Heh. I was going to ask the OP if he got her digits.
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It's threads like this one that make you smile, glad to be a cyclist and a human being.
Wonderful story, thanks for sharing it with us. She is an inspiration to me and I am sure many others here at BF.
I can't imagine being in my 90's, let alone still riding a bike. Awesome, just awesome!
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I went to the start of a semi-organized group ride but, due to the hot weather, only the two of us showed up. We rode the 24 mile route together. I certainly had a good time and was glad that I came. I hope that she feels the same way.

Uh - "You don't quit cycling because you get old, you get old because you quit cycling."
Come on Grouch what bike did she ride? Vintage from the forties? New carbon? My boss at work also has a mother who is 91.I rode with her 15 miles last year and she wanted to go farther.My boss couldn't continue because of a saddle problem.Granny also still surfs at the Jersey shore.
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Come on Grouch what bike did she ride?
It was a Serotta - steel I think, with a triple crankset and mid level components. For what it's worth, I'm riding a recumbent tricycle these days.
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It was a Serotta - steel I think, with a triple crankset and mid level components. For what it's worth, I'm riding a recumbent tricycle these days.
why do you ride that??
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why do you ride that??
I started riding it because, ove the last 6 years or so I've had too many falls, some involving concussions or broken bones. I found those experiences to be undesirable so I decided to do something about it.

Now that I've had a few hundred miles with the recumbent trike I'm kicking myself for not having gotten one a lot sooner.

Why did you ask?
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There is a woman 80+ who rides her daughter's 1966 Schwinn 3-speed on Bike Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway north of NYC. We see her doing laps on this ride. We see her riding the bike trails above and below the 7.3 mile stretch of parkway closed off from cars for cyclists. She flies. She is one of the fastest riders out. On a Schwinn 3-speed! She wears long blue jeans for Pete's sake! Put this woman on a CF road bike and enter her in the Tour de France! It's incredible! It's motivating!
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If I see 91, I hope I can get out to the garage on my own to look at my bike.
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wow, just wow. 90. 24 miles. I'm impressed.

Did I say, "wow"?
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